Judge's advice failed to prevent caregiver's death

The death of a mental health worker in Camrose in February is strikingly similar to the murder of a caregiver in Lethbridge in 2002, says the earlier victim's fiance.

The death of a mental health worker in Camrose in February is strikingly similar to the murder of a caregiver in Lethbridge in 2002, says the earlier victim's fiance.

"We knew this was going to happen again," said Krisjan Isliefson. "It's absolutely disgusting and it breaks my heart."

Sharla Collier, 20, worked weekends as a youth-care worker at a group home when she was killed by a 14-year-old resident with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, during a walk along the Oldman River.

The judge leading the public inquiry into Collier's murder recommended care workers be aware of the behavioural problems of people in their care and be physically capable of handling them.

In February, Valerie Wolski was strangled on the job. She was alone with a developmentally disabled man that was flagged as volatile and a threat to anyone who cared for him, especially women.

There's no indication she knew about his history of violence.

"It was very similar to the incident with my fiancee," said Isliefson who was stunned to learn that a man with a history of violence to caregivers could be placed with single mental health worker.

"I had this need to reach out to (Wolski's) husband."

Isliefson said he is still struggling with the loss of fiancee, but he doesn't think her murder or Wolski's death will alleviate the danger to caregivers.

"The funding is just not there for male or female support workers."

The low pay means high turnover, which means too many people are working without experience or adequate training, he said.

"It's a high risk job."